Even after significant backlash emerged to the decision.
Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN:
In 1997, a woman accused Billups – then a Celtics rookie – of rape. He denied it and was never charged criminally. He later settled a civil suit.
It’s difficult to handle now.
Trail Blazers president Neil Olshey and Billups will have an opportunity to explain themselves at a news conference Tuesday.
Billups had a successful playing career, showing many traits of a good head coach (leadership, basketball intelligence, ability to relate to the whole roster). He worked as a Clippers assistant this season and seemed like a logical candidate for promotion.
But, fairly or not, he’s beginning his head-coaching career under a cloud.
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